LU-WISE Activities

A variety of activities are planned for LU-WISE networking and career advancement opportunities.

The LU-WISE Lunch Series will build community by cultivating a friendly atmosphere to enable participants to learn about women scientists’ and engineers’ research areas of interest and to participate in informal dialogue and exploration of new ideas while reducing isolation. Lehigh ADVANCE aims to host monthly LU-WISE luncheons.

LU-WISE Brown Bag Lunch Every Tuesday and Thursday between 12-1:30 p.m. the ADVANCE Team Room in STEPS 314 is open for informal lunch for women STEM faculty and post-docs. There’s no need to RSVP; this is a standing invitation to visit and check out some of the ADVANCE reading materials.

Career Development Workshops A family of programs including workshops and seminars will be organized for STEM Women involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching at various career stages (from post-doctoral scholar through senior administrative roles) to discuss research and career development issues. These workshops will be themed on exploration of obstacles to achieving career advancement and strategies for overcoming barriers, including communication and advocacy. Faculty will bring topics to the table and assume leadership of segments of the workshops as their careers advance.

Leadership Development Series ADVANCE together with Provost Patrick Farrell will organize leadership development programs for senior Lehigh women in the natural sciences and engineering (associate and full professors) to discuss research and career development issues. We expect this group, too, will set its own agenda in moving forward. The kick-off workshop for this series scheduled for May 18, 2011.

The Lehigh Women’s Studies Program will expand its support for academic and social networking among faculty across disciplines. For example, the Women’s Studies research forums currently draw women faculty from across the university in many disciplines even if they do not work on gender-related scholarship. Women’s Studies also has social events that include women faculty from around the university, facilitating informal mentoring and advice. With the ADVANCE program, Women’s Studies will invite additional external speakers each year to discuss topics of interest to women scholars across many fields, including engineering and the natural sciences.

Academic Symposia will be held in Years 3 and 5 for women scientists and engineers in the regional WISE network, encompassing Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. We will focus on Interdisciplinary Research, inviting guest speakers to discuss topics of particular interest to women at various career stages who are building interdisciplinary networks.